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Národný energetický klaster NEK

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 15 March, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Bratislavský kraj
Other Label: 
Award of the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic for Innovative Act of 2012
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
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Project Manager
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Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Integrated waste-energy processes
Recycling, Recovery
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Innovation of the Energy and Ecology Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Národná recyklačná agentúra NARA SK
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
ECOWA, a.s.
Larger Company
Technology Center
Research Organisation
Technická univerzita v Košiciach
Cluster Strategy

The association of legal entities with nationwide operations and international networking brings together major companies and institutions from the fields of industry, energy and ecology, construction and applied research of innovations and related education. PROFILE OF ACTIVITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLUSTER The NEK cluster has been operating in Slovakia in the field of innovation development and support of industrial competitiveness in the area of energy, economy and ecology since the beginning of 2012. It is a typical industrial innovation cluster dealing with: organization and cooperation of industrial production and distribution activities of cluster members and partners and providing service to the business community, development and support of projects in manufacturing, research and development, education, industrial investment and construction in energy, ecology, and industry as well as construction, materials engineering and project activities organizing congresses, workshops, conferences, festivals, excursions and competitions, international cooperation within the V4 countries and related publishing and promotional activities, building cluster technology maps and networks providing design, certification, environmental and related economic services, auditing and consulting in the field of applied research and development of innovation capacity especially in the SME segment. Certification and evaluation activities for organizations and businesses.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

The Cluster is thence holder of the award of the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic for Innovative Act of 2012, the holder of the bronze certifikate: European Cluster Excellence Initiative Bronze Label Certifikate, issued for the first time by the EU in January 2013 and subsequently succesfully re - defended and awarded in 2018. In. 2013, Environment price was granted by the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.

Provision of services for cluster members, research and organization of workshops, research in the field of diagnostics of innovative dimensions and innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises



Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Czech Republic
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Národní klastrová asociace
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

SHREC Interreg - kooperation and stakeholder Slovak Innovation and Energy Agenture

Cooperation and involvement of the Cluster in the Projects of the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency as stakeholder - CLUSTER FY

In 2014, Cluster succesfully implemented educational project with the nationwilde impacted entiteled: „Education of the business community for the creation of innovative ecological, energy investments in industry" for 150 participants, financed partially by a grant from the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, with a very good response in Slovakia. The project was follewed by another professional educational project in 2015: "Special training program for energy and eco-innovation in project creation" ntended for almost 90 people interested in the creation of modern innovative industrial projects, financed partially by sources of subsidies from the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, with excellent success and international presentation of results at the workshop. Subsequently, the applicant implemented a specialized project in 2016 with the support of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, namely: „Leadership project Energofutura “ with an impact on more than two hundred participants and partners of the cluster organization in Slovakia and abroad. Over the next few years in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of Slovak Republic, SIEA, TUKE and SKSI, the applicant repeatedly implemented another educational and research project: "Creating a knowledge portfolio and map of energy and environmental clustering" with a very positive response from the membership base and the general professional public and central state administration bodies. The latest successfull results of research and education of claster organization was the project: „Designing innovative tools for energy and environmental cluster habitats" in 2019/2020 with the output of more than 100 experts - members and partners of the cluster.


Relevant Project References: 
Information at the Information - Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency
Success Story / Achievements: 

Operation and training of more than 300 people in the past two years at the Center for Environmental and Energy Education in Košice, outside the cluster. 

Establishment and award of the Certificate of Innovative Excellence in cooperation with TUKE Košice for the best companies and institutions in the Slovak Republic. www.nek.sk

Realization of important international conferences ENERGOFUTURA - already 10 years since 2010 and pilot international conference ECO & ENERGY Innovation in 2020. vvv.nek.sk , appeals are also to: euractiv.sk/tag/Energofutura/,  or on enviroportal.sk/uploads/assets/2019/marec/A1_Energofutura-prvotná_informácia_2019 _.pdf,   eraportal.sk/podujatia/konferncia-eco-energy-innovation/

Operation of an author-protected original internal study and information portal for members and partners of the Eco & Energy Study Fronter cluster since 2018 with consultations, presentations and own innovations of member companies. www.nek.sk  

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Stable membership base and experienced management since its establishment, a large team of experts and researchers in the fields of education and innovation in industry, energy, ecology and construction.